*NEW* Sweeter than Chocolate Study

 A new study in the “Sweeter than Chocolate” series by author Pam Gillaspie is out. This one is called Mindset: Learning and Living the Will of God. It is an inductive study of Romans Chapter 8. Here’s what Precept Ministries says about this new study:

Romans 8 delivers the heart of biblical theology in one power-packed chapter and answers  questions that make all the difference. Where can I find the power to follow God? How do I know God hears my prayers? What does it mean to be called by God? Can I ever be separated from God’s love? Mindset: Learning and Living the Will of God dives deep into Romans 8 and takes us on a journey across the pages of Scripture to discover truth for ourselves and wrestle with how knowing truth and thinking biblically will change how we see the world and live in it. We can’t stop with knowing truth . . . we need to press on and live it!

You can also join author Pam Gillaspie in an online summer study of Mindset: Learning and Living the Will of God. For more information, click here. To order your copy of the book, click here.


The Purpose Driven Life

Today I was reminded how much I love this book – The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. About seven years ago, a friend lent me his copy and said, “I think you’ll like this book.” The copy he gave me came with a journal. Not being the journaling type, he said I could keep the journal but he wanted his book back when I was done. So I read the book, worked through the journal, and I did, indeed, like it. I liked it very much.

The reasons I like this book are myriad. However, most of what I love about this book can be expressed in just one word: simple. Its simple, easy-to-understand theology does not take a Doctorate of Divinity to understand. Just the word “theology” conjures up all sorts of connotations, some of which may be negative. A simple definition of theology is a study of God and God’s relation to the world. Sometimes theology is expressed by theologians in words and thoughts that are difficult for everyday people to understand. But in The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren presents the teachings of the Bible and ideas about God in ways that everyone can understand. He simplifies the message of the Bible without sacrificing the truth found there.

The Purpose Driven Life is a wonderful book for people new to the Christian faith as well as people who are seeking meaning and purpose in their lives. It is written in simple, down to earth language and explains basic doctrines of the Bible in a way that anyone can understand. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever asked the question, “What on earth am I here for?” However, I also recommend it to those who may not struggle with this question but who are interested in helping others find a meaningful answer to it.

Shatter the Silence!

Next week is North Korea Freedom Week. Open Doors, a ministry to Christians around the world where faith costs the most, is petitioning Christians everywhere to unite in prayer for the country of North Korea. For the last 9 years, this country has been #1 on the World Watch List, a listing of the top 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted for their faith.

Here’s what Open Doors says about North Korea: Nowhere in the world is Christian persecution so fierce. Christians have to hide their faith; Christian parents can’t even share their beliefs with their children until they are old enough to understand the dangers. Owning a Bible could get you killed, or sent to a harsh labor camp. In 2010 hundreds of Christians were arrested. Some were murdered, others sentenced to labor camps. Despite the risks, the church is growing: there are an estimated 400,000 believers. 

You have an opportunity to encourage believers in North Korea. Go here to send a written message that will be read over the radio in North Korea next week! Don’t wait! Send your message of hope and encouragement to North Korean believers now. Let them know that they are not forgotten and that they are being lifted up in prayer by their brothers and sisters all over the world.

“For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. . . And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:12,26

The *NEW* How to Study Your Bible

If you are interested in learning how to study the Bible inductively, then you need to get The New How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur, David Arthur, and Pete De Lacy. I guess you could say it’s the “Bible” of inductive Bible study books. Originally published in 1985 under the title How to Study Your Bible Precept upon Precept, the book was revised and updated in 1994. This latest updated edition includes fresh insights and contributions by not only Kay Arthur but also her son David as well as COO of Precept Ministries International Pete De Lacy.

With over a half million copies sold, the book has helped so many people discover truth from God’s Word for themselves. It teachs valuable tools to dig out truths from Scripture. And those nuggets that you have mined yourself not only become more valuable but they also stay in your heart and your mind much longer. Interacting with the text through inductive Bible study gets it down deep in your heart.

So get this book, open your Bible, and get started on the wonderful adventure of studying the Bible inductively. For a free downloadable Introduction to Inductive Bible Study, click here.